Circa 1890 American Indians Imperial Cabinet Photo with Sitting Bull

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 2133

Item Year: 1890

Category: Historical/Political

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Imperial cabinet featuring portrait images of five prominent American Indians from the Dakotas, each of whom is identified in print below his respective image. Pictured here, three of whom were chiefs, are Sitting Bull (Sioux medicine man), John Grass (chief of the Blackfoot Sioux), Gall (one of the leading warrior chiefs of the Teton), Rain-in-the-Face (war chief of the Lakota), and Curley (a Crow scout who was employed by the U.S. Army during the Sioux Wars). Also included in the composite is a photo of a campsite identified as "Sitting Bull's Camp." The photographer's name "Barry" is embossed in the lower left corner of the mount, and his name also appears in print on a separate copyright caption ("Copyright by D. F. Barry"). D. F. Barry was a prominent nineteenth-century photographer and one of the few to chronicle the western expansion of the United States following the Civil War. He is best known today for his numerous images of American Indians and U. S. soldiers, including photos capturing the aftermath of Little Bighorn (years later he was the only photographer invited back to photograph the reunion on the battlefield). Interestingly all five of the figures pictured here were actually present during the Battle of Little Bighorn (Curley did not participate in the battle, but watched from a distance and was the first to report the defeat of the 7th Cavalry Regiment). The photo (8 x 9.75 inches) displays a number of light abrasions (none significantly affecting the images). The mount (11 x 14 inches) displays minor chips at each corner, edge wear, and light staining. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+.

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